Fans have been begging Warner Bros. and DC for a live-action batman beyond movies for years and I believe now is the right time to do just that. Batman Beyond was released in January 1999 and would eventually bolster, 3 seasons, 52 episodes and one direct-to-video movie. The series would see a new Batman, Terry McGinnis in the year 2039 who would discover the Bat suit and eventually be mentored by an aged Bruce Wayne.
But this isn’t a carbon copy of Bruce as Bats instead Terry is different, he isn’t trained in every martial art and unlike Bruce he likes to talk, quip and antagonise his enemies, he is essentially the result of mixing Batman and Spider-Man together, this may be a reason why the character is so popular. Just like Harley Quinn Batman was an animated character first before transitioning to comic pages and since then has been involved in numerous story lines as well as having multiple series of its own.
But why is now the best time for a live-action movie? It’s simple. The superhero landscape isn’t what it used to be even 5 years ago. Studios no longer see the general audience as being as easily confused as they used to be, this is specifically shown by what Marvel and DC are doing with their films and tv shows right now. Exploring the multiverse.
Marvel has done a lot in the past couple years to expand into the multiverse by introducing new timelines, universes and variants as shown in projects like Loki, Spider-Man: Now Way Home and the upcoming Multiverse Of Madness. The general audience is now in a place where they can witness multiple versions of the same character and not being easily confused, this was shown in a great way with the Loki tv series that featured many different versions or variants of the character, hell, the main Loki we are following is a variant themselves with our original Loki dying at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.
An even better example is with the premiere of the Flash film we will have 3 Batmen on the big screen. Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson and the return of Michael Keaton. Keaton is where I want to focus on. Fans are suckers for nostalgia, No Way Home has proven that, putting all 3 theatrical Spider-Men on the same screen was a stroke of genius and it looks like Marvel will be doing that again with the X-men and DC are even doing it with Keaton, but could they take it further? Its not fully known what role Keaton will play in the Flash but it is without a doubt that fans are excited to see him play Batman once more, so how about we get him to carry it on in a future series. Keaton isn’t the same age he was when he first put on the cape and cowl but is around the right kind of age where he could play an aged Bruce, one that could mentor a new Batman and kick off a new franchise, which about every studio loves to do nowadays.
Plus, with Warner Bros. & DC’s movie track record giving the fans something they’ve actually been asking for could be the win they need to fully get back on track and ignore recent stinkers like Wonder Woman 84.
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